Posted by: Jack Henry | August 4, 2016

Editor’s Corner: Why pie?

I recently found myself trapped in car with a bunch of chatty eight-year-olds who questioned the origin of shut your piehole (shut your mouth). And no, I didn’t yell this phrase at them. They didn’t question the meaning of the phrase; they specifically wanted to know why the word pie was used instead of some other culinary treasure, like pizza, bacon, tater tots, or donuts. After listening to some zany theories, I decided to look into the etymology.

According to The Phrase Finder, the phrase shut your cakehole originated in the UK in the 20th century but is now considered archaic. Americans started using the equivalent, shut your piehole, in the ‘80s. It is unknown if piehole originated from cakehole.

Although the origin of shut your piehole is unclear, the word piehole is in the dictionary. You should probably avoid using this phrase or word during your next meeting. If necessary, you can use the phrase in your next cross-stitching project instead:

Jackie Solano | Technical Editor | Symitar®

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